Sunday, May 5, 2013

“Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” (John 14: 23)

Words, even non-verbal, are an open window to a person’s inner self.  They invite the speaker to enter and to remain in a dialogue that is more than simply sharing.  It means communing with what is most profound in one’s being, where no one may penetrate unless the word of truth admits access.  Thus, friendship is a kind of reciprocal handing over and of welcome and necessarily is of the word ‘friend’.  It is said and in saying it, we expect to be received for who we are and not for what the other thinks we are.

Even for our Friend Jesus, the word is the privileged vehicle to communicate with those He Himself defined as ‘friends’, with each one of us.  He is the Word who reveals God’s face.  Through Him, the Father reveals Himself, His closeness, His mercy towards human frailty, His infinite love for us.
To receive Jesus-Word, is to receive the Father, the Trinity, who come to dwell in us.  If we open the door of our heart, God erupts into us as our friend and remains with us.

Listening to the Word is not merely hearing it or letting it be the norm of our life.  It is a question of a relationship that is formed and touches our intimate self in the degree of its authenticity.  Certainly our behavior changes through interior motivation and harmonizes with the Sacred Scripture.
Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will take a quiet time to reflect on this awesome reality.  God is my friend.  The Holy Trinity lives in me and I live it Them.  But it must be a conscious choice on my part, for They will not force entry.  I must open from within. 

Lord, free me from superficiality, from hurried listening that transforms the gift of the Word into an imposition.  Help me to receive Your Word as a relationship of love between You and me.

- Living Scripture